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Tips if You Go to TFOB

Fountain Fun

Balloons and water to play in. Doesn’t get better than that

The Tucson Book Festival Starts March 15. Are you going? Here are some tips.


  • Parking is free at University lots and garages. Check the parking maps in advance on the TFOB site, or at the University of Arizona website  to see where the garages or handicapped parking are.
  • Look over the on line schedule and decide in advance what is most important to you.
  • Author Larry McMurtry

    Author Larry McMurtry signing books for a line of people that stretched two blocks long.

    Check the map of booths and buildings, also at the TFOB site, to be sure you have time to get from one to another presentation, leaving time to stand in line to get a signature if you buy a book.

  • Be prepared to stand in line at least an hour before the major presentations (in the larger auditoriums (capacity of each room is designated on the schedule).  There are long lines for some of the presentations in the rooms that hold 200-300 also.
  • Ronald McDonald at book festival

    Is Ronald McDonald meditating?

    Bring the kids. The huge children’s area has things for every age from infant to teen.

  • Don’t forget to eat. While there is some “junk food” available, there are also offerings from some of the best eateries in Tucsonlike Beyond Bread, Brushfire Barbeque, Pastiche, Rene’s Organic Oven, Tucson Tamale Company and Frost Gelato. The main eateries are gathered in a central area with plenty of seating. Others snack places are scattered and there is food in the Student Union.
  • TFOB Storybook Breakfast

    TFOB Storybook Breakfast, Skippyjon Jones

    Leave some time for shopping and for serendipity.


TFOB 2014 poster